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Anyone else have 50 cm handlebars?(4 posts)

Anyone else have 50 cm handlebars?tl 1
Jul 18, 2001 5:36 AM
I bought a set of these when I saw them on sale and I really like them. They felt strange at first going from 44cm bars but after over 500 miles I've come to really love them. They are very comfortable for me as I have wide shoulders and they effetively open up your chest to improve breathing too. The only problem is that the handlebar tape I bought (Salsa) was not long enough to fully wrap them. I ended up wrapping from the stem side out and the ends are finished in black Bishop tape- a self sticking high voltage tape that actually works pretty well. Does anyone know what handlebar tapes would be long enough to fully wrap them?
Got some, love 'em, can't go back to 44scory
Jul 18, 2001 7:52 AM
When I built up my Atlantis, I was going to swap the 44cm bars over from another bike and buy cheapies to replace them. I ordered some $18 50-cm bars from Nashbar just to try them, but then because I was eager to get the Atlantis on the road, I put the 50s on it "temporarily." Took a few rides to get used to them, but it's been about six months, and I love them. I've gained a hand position, just from being able to move around on the tops.
I wrapped mine with some cork tape in Bianchi celeste, which (almost) matches the Atlantis green. I think it's Cinelli, but it's been awhile and I can't remember for sure. It fits if you only overlap about 1/4 the width of the tape.
The cork is pretty fragile, and when I get around to it I'm going to overwrap that with some old-fashioned cotton tape. It's cheap ($3 per roll; takes two per bar), and I bought an extra roll to go around the levers before I wrap the bar itself.
Ahh, a dream bike!tl 1
Jul 18, 2001 2:38 PM
That's a really good looking steel frame. I've ogled the Atlantis repeatedly since they debuted it and tried to figure a way to afford one. Soon, very soon! I want a good looking lugged steel bike to do fast, comfortable touring on, with (gasp!) a few gravel roads and mild trails thrown in there. The Atlantis is at the top of my wish list.

As far as the tape, I had no idea that the old fashioned cotton tape was still being made. Where do you get it? Rivendell perhaps?
Re the cotton tape: Rivendell has many colorsRetro
Jul 19, 2001 3:44 PM
It's three bucks a roll, at least seven or eight colors. REI carries it sometimes, too, but only in black as far as I know.